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UK fine art landscape prints by David Ross

Fine Art Prints

Blaen y Glyn waterfall, Brecon Beacons

Blaen y Glyn waterfall, Brecon Beacons

Why buy art?

I personally think the best reason to buy art – any art, not just my prints, is because you respond emotionally to the artwork. Perhaps you have a tie with one of the locations I photograph. For example, perhaps you used to live the Lake District, or you visited on holiday and loved it, so my photo reminds you of how much you enjoyed it. Or perhaps you’ve never been to the Western Isles, but you’ve always dreamed of going, and my photos help feed your imagination, keep your connection with your dream alive.

In other words, the image has an emotional impact on you.

And that, for me, is the best reason of all to purchase a print; because you respond on an emotional level to the image. And if it is worth more in five or ten years than you paid for it, terrific, but buy it because it ‘does something for you’!

What makes it ‘fine’ art?

A good question. Sometimes the answer is simply the ego of the photographer! We all like to think that our creative expression is artistic, whether its finger-painting in kindergarten or photographing landscapes. In my mind fine art is a matter of intent; I don’t photograph to market prints to a niche audience, I photograph because I’, moved by my natural surroundings. Does that automatically make it art? Well, as much as I’d like to think so, probably not, or at least, it isn’t automatically good art. Ooh, now there’s a question; when is art ‘good’ art? I’d say its good if it moves the viewer. Does it have an emotional impact? Or, as I like to think when I’m out in nature, is it an expression of love?

Not everyone will take my spiritual-based approach to art, and that’s cool. But at least the viewer should be able to tell that I, the photographer, care about the subject. I’ve been affected and I try to share that with the viewer.

So what’s the best way to convey that emotional impact?

Well, one way is to use exceptional materials in making a print; use the best quality print paper, or at least one that helps convey the impact of the photograph in an emotional way. Use long-lasting inks so the photo will continue to convey that message for years to come. Sure, you could get a cheap print from a ¬£50 inkjet printer, and that might make a nice souvenir to carry in your wallet, but it won’t have the same impact or convey the same emotion as a photo made with top quality archival paper and ink. And its that impact I’m hoping these fine art prints will have on anyone who views them.

 

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